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Ron Paul on ‘The Daily Show’

The Republican Party’s only anti-war candidate (so far) tells Jon Stewart it’s the other candidates who have lost touch with conservative values. As Stewart points out, that could be a problem: “You appear to have consistent, principled integrity. Uh ... Americans don’t usually go for that.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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Are the Dems Losing Their Way?

Two questions from Sunday’s Democratic debate: Does Joe Biden have to set himself on fire to get serious attention? And whatever happened to the lunch bucket issues that once made Democrats the dominant political party in America?

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


No Time for Quiet Opposition

John Edwards had a point: Where have Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama been these last few weeks while others were shouting to the rooftops about the worsening debacle in Iraq? Sudden attacks of laryngitis? Cat got their tongues?

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Hillary Gets It

A majority of Democratic primary voters are women, and their support for Hillary Clinton goes beyond mere gender profiling—she’s led the fight against the kind of discrimination the Supreme Court now seems eager to protect.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Satire: Hillary Tries to Fatten Up the Competition

In a move that raised eyebrows among observers of the 2008 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, Sen. Hillary Clinton today sent former Vice President Al Gore a gift basket laden with high-calorie treats.

Posted on Jun 2, 2007 READ MORE


America Likes an Idiot, but It Needs Al Gore

Al Gore has been in town launching his new book, “The Assault on Reason,” and you could have predicted the buzz: Is he about to jump into the race? What you probably wouldn’t have predicted, because it’s insane, is the counterbuzz—that Gore, poor fellow, is just too ostentatiously smart to be elected president.

Posted on Jun 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Al Gore and the Assault on Reason

The former vice president looks to be in fighting trim (does this make a candidacy more likely?) as he lectures on the Iraq disaster, the cultural failings that made it possible and how to move forward: “We will fix these problems when we the people decide that nobody else is going to do it for us, but that we have to become personally involved in saving American democracy.”

Posted on May 30, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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Romney Collides With the Mormon Problem

Much has been made of Mitt Romney’s religion, but the Republican presidential candidate recently discovered just how negative some voters feel about his faith. In this clip, Romney’s glad-handing comes to an abrupt halt when an elderly man declares that he’ll never vote for a Mormon, then refuses to shake Romney’s hand.

Posted on May 29, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama Hops on the Healthcare Bandwagon

How did the third rail of American politics suddenly become the must-have political accessory in the 2008 election? It might have something to do with skyrocketing healthcare costs and the tens of millions of uninsured. Thus Barack Obama has become the latest candidate to call for universal health coverage.

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


Squinting at the Election

The presidential candidates of both parties have been campaigning for months now, introducing themselves to the nation. So why do so many of them seem to get progressively fuzzier and less distinct, like photographs left out in the sun? Is it the process that’s causing this steady attenuation, or does the problem lie with the candidates themselves?

Posted on May 29, 2007 READ MORE


McCain’s Temper









Posted on May 28, 2007 ENLARGE


Why Gore Won’t Run

Boy, it would be fun if Al Gore changed his mind and ran for president—fun for the voters, anyway. Imagine a candidate whose pre-election book is devoted in large part to an attack on the media for waging war on reason.

Posted on May 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Democrats’ Faustian Bargain

In their mad race for money, the front-running Democratic presidential candidates might be selling themselves to the devil.  That is, in words more familiar to political debate, they might be delivering themselves into the hands of rich and powerful opponents of progressive policies.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


Shades of White

The satirist pokes fun at the Republican candidates who are competing for that often-neglected voting bloc—the white male.

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


CNN’s Martin Defends Ron Paul

Rudy Giuliani was widely praised for his demagogic smackdown of Ron Paul during the second Republican debate, feigning shock and outrage at Paul’s explanation of “blowback.” But Giuliani’s performance, while a crowd-pleaser, exposed the superficiality of his terror-fighting credentials. As CNN’s Roland Martin writes: “Giuliani must be an idiot to not have heard Paul’s rationale before.”

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


The GOP Identity Crisis

In Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, every leading candidate declared independence from some piece of dogma or another—even as all of them clung for dear life to the word conservative.  They sounded like religious doubters who compensate for their ebbing faith by shouting ever more fervently: “I believe!”

Posted on May 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Giuliani Still Thinks ‘They Hate Us for Our Freedom’

While speaking with Fox News about his debate confrontation with Ron Paul, Rudy Giuliani trotted out that tired old slogan that utterly fails to explain anything. Also, Giuliani tells Sean Hannity, “If you can’t face reality, you can’t lead.” We couldn’t agree more.

Posted on May 17, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Oprah’s Politics Club

I don’t doubt Oprah Winfrey’s marketing magic, although we don’t know yet whether she can do for politics what she’s done for publishing. Her endorsement of the candidate Obama may not be as successful as it was for the author Obama.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Republicans Turn on Each Other in Second Debate

The first Republican debate was like a first date, with the presidential candidates behaving politely and saying things they could all agree on, like “Ronald Reagan and tax cuts are great, don’t you think?” But by the second debate, it’s clear these guys aren’t relationship material. Here are some highlights, including Rudy Giuliani attacking Ron Paul for making sense.

Posted on May 16, 2007 READ MORE


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Giuliani Forces GOP to Make a Choice

After trying to have it all ways and looking silly in the process, Rudy Giuliani finally came out and restated his support for a woman’s right to choose. If he sticks with his decision, Giuliani will end the free ride his party has enjoyed on an issue that’s supposed to be about morality, but has more often been used cynically to harvest votes. 

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


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Hagel Wants to ‘Shake Up’ the Election

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he was “not happy with the Republican Party,” and hinted he might make an independent run for president, perhaps with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg by his side.

Posted on May 14, 2007 READ MORE


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Bill Stumps for Hill

In this lengthy tribute to his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President Bill Clinton gives his personal pitch for why Americans should vote for her in 2008.  Pointing out that the U.S. needs to work on building friendships with other nations instead of isolating itself, he says Hillary’s “caring, working and delivering” put her ahead of the pack.

Posted on May 14, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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And the Richest Candidate Is ...

... Mitt Romney, whose personal fortune is between $190 million and $250 million, which might explain why he’s so eager to “reform” the tax code. The former Massachusetts governor’s millions come from his days at an investment group that financed Staples, Domino’s Pizza and the Brookstone retail stores.

Posted on May 11, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani Explains Himself









Posted on May 10, 2007 ENLARGE


The GOP’s Reaganesque Tall Tales

Sensing their own smallness, contemporary politicians often seek to puff themselves up by appealing to myth and legend. For Republicans, there is no mythology more appealing than that of Ronald Wilson Reagan, as the party’s presidential candidates eagerly demonstrated during their May 3 debate in the library that bears his name.

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


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Colbert on Hillary’s ‘Legislative Time Machine’

Stephen Colbert targets Hillary Clinton, who would rather revoke the authorization for the war than admit that voting for it in the first place was a mistake.

Posted on May 9, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


A Bridge to the 19th Century

Compared to the Democrats’ groundbreaking lineup of candidates, the 10 white men who gathered for last week’s Republican debate showed a determination to cling to the bad old days.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Ten Bodies, but Not Much of a Pulse

The announced Republican candidates for president did nothing in their first debate to discourage the unannounced Republican candidates—Fred Thompson, Newt Gingrich, maybe Chuck Hagel—from wading in. The water doesn’t look very deep.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


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Barack’s Her (Political) Guy

Is this the beginning of Oprah’s Political Club? The talk show queen says she is officially endorsing Democrat Barack Obama’s ‘08 presidential bid—primarily because of her personal connection to the candidate. 

Posted on May 7, 2007 READ MORE


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Fact-Checking the GOP Debate

MSNBC sets the record straight on some of the errors and misrepresentations from the first Republican debate: More than a few thousand soldiers have been injured in Iraq, you can’t flip-flop on abortion like Bush 41 if Bush 41 never flip-flopped, and Bill Clinton didn’t gut the Army—he modernized it with bipartisan support.

Posted on May 4, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


They Wanna Be Like Ron

With President Bush slumping in the polls, it’s no wonder the Republican candidates chose to model Ronald Reagan at their first debate. The front-runners, especially, avoided mentioning Bush almost as urgently as the topic of abortion. Iran-Contra just pales in comparison to Niger-WMD-Katrina-U.S. Attorney-Missing E-mail-Secret Prison-Jeff Gannon-Domestic Spying-Halliburton-Abu Ghraib-Plame-Gate.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Maverick Candidate Mike Gravel

Presidential candidate Mike Gravel’s performance in the first Democratic debate took him from off the radar to Truthdigger of the week. Naturally we just had to pick his brain. The former senator from Alaska, who helped end the draft, tells Truthdig why he’s running, why there are so few mavericks in politics these days and why war makes him angry.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite

Maverick Candidate Mike Gravel

Presidential candidate Mike Gravel’s performance in the first Democratic debate took him from off the radar to Truthdigger of the week. Naturally, we just had to pick his brain. The former senator from Alaska, who helped end the draft, tells Truthdig why he’s running, why there are so few mavericks in politics these days and why war makes him angry.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


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Imagine a President Who Doesn’t Believe in Evolution

It could happen. The most alarming difference between the Democratic and Republican debates would have to be the response to this question: “Is there anyone on this stage ... that does not believe in evolution?” Three hands shot up.

Posted on May 3, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Time to Reevaluate Hillary?

Hillary Clinton has come under fire for her relatively hawkish stand on the war, but the candidate made an aggressive move Thursday to counter that perception. Joined by antiwar Sen. Robert Byrd, Clinton announced plans to de-authorize the war, saying: “If the president will not bring himself to accept reality, it is time for Congress to bring reality to him.” Update: Kucinich calls out Clinton…

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


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A Political Bridge for 2008

Steve Kornacki, community outreach director of Unity08, the online independent party, speaks with Truthdig about his organization’s vision for a third way in the coming election, why our political system is broken and how he intends to fix it.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


Steve Kornacki of Unity08

The community outreach director of Unity08, the online independent party, speaks with Truthdig about his organization’s vision for a third way in the coming election, why our political system is broken and how he intends to fix it.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


My Democrat Can Whip Your Democrat

Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century political realist and schemer, would relish the intricate calculations the three leading Democratic presidential candidates are required to make.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


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Front-Runners Upstaged at Democratic Debate

MSNBC just hosted the Democratic candidates in their first-ever presidential debate, and it was quite the bore. That is, except for former Sen. Mike Gravel, who stole the show with an electrifying and inspirational outburst. Update: More debate clips added.

Posted on Apr 27, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Hillary Clinton

Hillary’s Downward Spiral

The folks at Gallup have noticed a unique trend in the race for the White House: Hillary Clinton’s numbers have been heading steadily down. In fact, no other candidate, whether Republican or Democrat, shows as clear and consistent a trajectory. Time for a May surprise?

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


The Sharpton Primary

Democratic presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to secure the support of Al Sharpton, whose own 2004 campaign and his role in the recent Don Imus controversy have elevated his profile as a national civil rights leader. John Edwards, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will all attend the reverend’s annual National Action Network convention this week.

Posted on Apr 18, 2007 READ MORE


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Kerry Plays It Coy

Sen. John Kerry hinted that he may once again set his sights on the White House, perhaps even joining the lineup of ‘08 campaigners, while in Denver promoting a new book he co-wrote with wife.

Posted on Apr 16, 2007 READ MORE


They’re Democrats, Not Idiots

Roger Ailes, the mastermind behind Fox News, publicly fumed when the Democratic presidential candidates refused to participate in his network’s debates, but can he really blame Obama, Clinton and Edwards for avoiding a conservative ambush?

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


Rudy Giuliani’s Dubious Leadership

The Republican front-runner prides himself on his leadership but has an unfortunate history of valuing loyalty over wisdom and stubbornly pursuing ill-conceived policies against the better judgment of experts. Sound familiar?

Posted on Apr 12, 2007 READ MORE


McCain Resorts to Scare Tactics and Smears

John McCain characterized antiwar Democrats as shortsighted political opportunists Wednesday during a speech at the Virginia Military Institute in which he repeatedly invoked the specter of “another 9/11.” With unimpressive fundraising and disappointing polling, the senator has made Iraq his signature issue in an effort to appeal to Republican primary voters.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 READ MORE


John McCain

McCain Tries to Dislodge Foot From Mouth

If you missed John McCain’s recent damage control session on “60 Minutes,” here are the highlights. The senator tried to blame his ill-conceived springtime-in-Baghdad campaign on his shoot-from-the-hip style. The straight-talk express, with nonstop service to a concession speech.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


Obama on Letterman

Obama Laughs It Up With Letterman

Barack Obama recently sat down with David Letterman and managed to hold his own with the humor. When asked why his campaign needed so much money, the candidate said evenly: “We’ve got to advertise on the Letterman show.” According to Amy Goodman, that’s no joke.

Posted on Apr 11, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


NAB-bing the Election

As the TV pundits on the networks gab about the tens of millions of dollars raised by the top presidential candidates, what they don’t talk about is where that money is going: to their own networks.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


The Tragedy of John McCain

John McCain’s 2000 campaign for president failed, but it was an unruly and joyous romp. His campaign this time feels quite different: carefully planned, meticulously calculated—and a tragedy.

Posted on Apr 10, 2007 READ MORE


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